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Is Winter Coming?

We convene a panel to discuss the TV shows we’re watching and liking from the past year, and then take our traditional deep dive into the latest “Game of Thrones” season.

Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, Brian Hamilton, John Siracusa, Dan Moren, David J. Loehr and Aleen Simms

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Game of Thrones S6E10 review: "The Winds of Winter"

It’s here! The season 6 finale. And not much happened, except for a whole bunch of things we’ve been waiting weeks, or years, or the entire show to happen! We break it all down and consider the season as a whole.

Jason Snell with Monty Ashley and Brian Hamilton

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Game of Thrones S6E9 review: "Battle of the Bastards"

They fight. Also, some fire-breathing dragons.

Jason Snell with Monty Ashley and Brian Hamilton

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Game of Thrones S6E8 review: "No One"

Season six keeps barreling ahead, and in this episode we visit Braavos for a resolution of the House of Black & White storyline, a reintroduction to the Brotherhood Without Banners, some drinking and comedy in Mereen, a royal decree in King’s Landing, and a joyous reunion at Riverrun. (Edmure and the Blackfish? Jamie and Brienne? No, Podrick and Bronn!) Also: Old Lady Clegane’s boys sure are good at killing.

Jason Snell with Dan Moren

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Game of Thrones S6E7 review: "The Broken Man"

This week the story continues to hurtle forward, with a shocking reveal in a cold open and a visit from Septon Ian McShane. Plus Jon Snow and his band of advisers embark on their goodwill tour of the north. And Yara and Theon Greyjoy have a proper heart-to-heart talk as only the Ironborn can: While surrounded by naked ladies.

Jason Snell with Monty Ashley and Erika Ensign

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Game of Thrones S6E6 Review: "Blood of My Blood"

“Game of Thrones” pushes characters out of their comfort zones in this episode, as Arya decides whether she really wants to be an assassin, Samwell decides whether his father is even worth appeasing, and Tommen decides to just do whatever he’s told. There’s also a flood of people who may or may not have been on the show before, so people with really good memories are rewarded at least three times with dramatic end-of-scene revelations that may or may not have left people saying “…who was that, again?”

Oh, and there was a dragon!

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Monty Ashley and Brian Hamilton with Philip Mozolak

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Game of Thrones S6E5 Review: "Door"

Another huge episode of “Game of Thrones” features doors being closed and opened, women getting down to business and speaking truth to their former protectors, the origin story of both the White Walkers and Hodor, and a wild Shakespeare-like retelling of the first season of “Game of Thrones.” Is this episode a reaction to some of the criticism’s of the show last year? We break it down, this time in person, live from Jason’s garage.

Jason Snell with Erika Ensign and Steven Schapansky

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Game of Thrones S6E4 review: "Book of the Stranger"

A family reunion! Diplomatic compromises! Ramsay eating an apple! Special guest Aleen Simms joins Brian to recap this week’s “Game of Thrones.” What is the High Sparrow’s long game? Why can’t the show runners stop killing women? And the burning question on everyone’s mind: What will happen to Denaerys?

Brian Hamilton and Aleen Simms

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Game of Thrones S6E3 review: "Oathbreaker"

Life after death! Action flashbacks! Surprising returns of characters not seen for years! And Varys waving a very large fan. Jason and Monty are back to break down everything in this week’s “Game of Thrones.”

Jason Snell with Monty Ashley

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Game of Thrones S6E2 Review: "Home"

We know it’s a shocker, but he’s back! We refer, of course, to Bran Stark, who is warging and time-warping from a deep hole, right next to Hodor. Also we break down who’s in charge in King’s Landing, Mereen, Braavos, Winterfell, the Iron Islands, and at Castle Black. At Castle Black things just keep getting more and more complicated.

Jason Snell with Monty Ashley and Brian Hamilton

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Game of Thrones S6E1 Review: "The Red Woman"

“Game of Thrones” is back with another scene-setting premiere episode. Featuring eight different locations, this is not an episode with any narrative momentum, but it does remind you about all of the pieces on the board and shows you where they may be moving this season. We break it down, including an digression about whether the religious figures in this show are serving active, interventionist gods, or if they’re just using religion to achieve their own personal ends.

Jason Snell with Monty Ashley and Brian Hamilton

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Counterclockwise: Zombie King

This month’s Counterclockwise is all about HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Is you-know-who really dead? Who is left to cheer for? Are TV viewers supposed to keep spoilers quiet so as not to offend book readers? Of all the deaths, what was the most memorable? We answer the questions you never asked!

Jason Snell and Dan Moren with Brian Hamilton and Monty Ashley

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Three Shames and a Ding

Time to once again wrap up the TV season as a whole and “Game of Thrones” in particular. First we discuss shows we’ve enjoyed watching this year (including the final seasons of “Justified” and “Mad Men”), and then we fire off the Spoiler Horn and talk about the controversial fifth season of “Game of Thrones.”

Jason Snell with David J. Loehr, Dan Moren, Brian Hamilton, Erika Ensign and John Siracusa

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Refurbished Hugs

Tim and Jason talk about the Game of Thrones finale and whether the show has failed our high expectations. Plus Jason reports back on two geeky shows, and we answer your questions. (Consult your doctor before binge listening.)

Tim Goodman and Jason Snell

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Game of Thrones S5E10 review: "Mother's Mercy"

It’s the season finale of “Game of Thrones!” So of course, nothing much happens in this episode. Except for suicides, zombie zingers, off-screen massacres, admissions of magic murder, death by long fall, death by multiple stab wounds, death by poison, the meeting of the Friends of Danerys Club, teenage dragons, a walk of shame—er, atonement, and more death by multiple stab wounds! But other than that, uneventful. We break it all down one last time.

Jason Snell with Monty Ashley and Brian Hamilton

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Game of Thrones S5E9 review: "The Dance of Dragons"

Monty and Brian review the penultimate episode of season five. How does this episode fit between the huge events of last week and the final climax of the season? Join us as we break it down.

Monty Ashley with Brian Hamilton

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Game of Thrones S5E8 review: "Hardhome"

Winter is here! We review this week’s epic “Game of Thrones” episode, which took us by surprise by featuring the season’s budget-busting set piece an episode earlier than usual. Monty and Jason break it all down, from Dany and Tyron talking about how they both play the game to the massive battle north of the wall and all the little scenes in between.

Jason Snell with Monty Ashley

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Game of Thrones S5E7 review: "The Gift"

This week’s episode of “Game of Thrones” wasn’t as grim as last week’s, but we still have issues, and they’re all in this plus-sized episode.

First, we take up the larger discussion of the rape at the end of last week’s episode and the resulting controversy among viewers. Then we dive into this week’s installment, which features bad stuff in the north, unexpected deaths and direwolves, and Stannis showing surprising backbone. Plus we break down the dangers of funding religious extremists, ponder if the High Sparrow is the Lenin of his time, reference A Chorus Line and Fiddler on the Roof, talk about the three dominant religions of Westeros, and much more.

Jason Snell with Brian Hamilton and Monty Ashley

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Game of Thrones S5E6 review: "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken"

Westeros got even darker and bleaker than usual this week. But Monty and Jason soldier on, unbowed and unbent but maybe a little bit broken. We take stock of our two pairs of road-buddy movie adventurers, ponder why all the dead bodies need to be washed, muse about Littlefinger’s grand plan, welcome back Diana Rigg, admire Myrcella’s awesome Spring break in Dorne, and remind you that Ramsay Bolton is never not creepy. Never, ever, ever.

Jason Snell with Monty Ashley

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Game of Thrones S5E5 review: "Kill the Boy"

In this “north by northeast” episode, everything happens at Winterfell, The Wall, and in the east. We focus in on Jon and his big leadership decisions, the Boltons and one awkward dinner at Winterfell, Dany and her new use for her dragons, and two men in a boat.

Jason Snell with Monty Ashley and Brian Hamilton

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Game of Thrones S5E4 review: "Sons of the Harpy"

Brian and Jason meet in person and watch an episode, and are joined in commentary by Dan Moren and Tony Sindelar! Lots of stories about Rhaegar Targaryen in this episode, and Jason and Dan share one of the most commonly held theories about Rhaegar and Lyanna Stark and the mystery of their relationship. It’s not a spoiler, just (common) speculation, so don’t freak out! Also lots of stabbing and horses and masks and mismatched buddies, many of them in boats.

Jason Snell with Dan Moren, Tony Sindelar and Brian Hamilton

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Game of Thrones S5E3 review: "High Sparrow"

This week, themes of religion dominated “Game of Thrones”, along with a bunch of clever transitions between different viewpoints. Plus, mad scientists—or is it mad maesters? Beheadings! Daenerys’s unique crossover appeal! And much more.

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Jason Snell with Monty Ashley and Brian Hamilton

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Game of Thrones S5E2 review: "The House of Black and White"

Monty and Brian break down the latest episode of “Game of Thrones.” Was there really that much black and white? Is it really even a house? Why is Tyrion still sulking? Also, Monty reveals his big theory about what the show is doing.

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Monty Ashley with Brian Hamilton

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Game of Thrones S5E1 review: "The Wars to Come"

We’re back! Our “Game of Thrones” coverage returns for a second season, as Jason and Monty break down the season five premiere. Daenerys has dragon problems. Jon’s virginity is creepily questioned! Marjorie plays the game of thrones for keeps! Cersei’s kissin’ cousin wears a burlap sack for a shirt! Tyrion eats, drinks, and poops in a box! And who knew that the two men of principle in all the land would be Varys the spider and Mance Rayder?

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Jason Snell with Monty Ashley

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Get This Man Some New Paint

In this episode we recap our take on the TV season that recently concluded. In a segment with little to no spoilers, we largely discuss shows we like, including “Orphan Black,” “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD,” and even “The Blacklist” and “The Good Wife.” Then at the end of the show we slip into spoiler territory and talk about season 4 of “Game of Thrones.”

Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, John Siracusa, David J. Loehr and Scott McNulty

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Game of Thrones S4E10 review: "The Children"

Happy Father’s Day, Tywin Lannister! Erstwhile co-host Brian Hamilton joins Monty and Jason to talk about this final episode of “Game of Thrones” season 4, where there are a whole lot of familial relationships to consider. We discuss Jon’s final parting with Ygritte, the Jamie-Cersei-Tyrion sibling triangle, the Arya-Brienne-Hound swordy triangle (sorry, Podrick), those flame-throwing “children” in the snow with Bran, and of course Tyrion’s attempt to seriously resolve his daddy issues. Plus, hey! Skeletons! We’ve packed it all in this double-sized episode, along with our final thoughts on the season as a whole.

Jason Snell with Monty Ashley and Brian Hamilton

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Game of Thrones S4E9 review: "The Watchers on the Wall"

This week, one setting! One massive battle! Death, blood, giants, snow, wildings, and Jon Snow! Monty and Jason talk about the failed institution of the Night’s Watch, which seems odd since many of them were very brave and they didn’t all die. But still, you’ve got to admit, the organization has seen better days. Also, who knew that Castle Black had a Panic Room?

Jason Snell with Monty Ashley

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Game of Thrones S4E8 review: "The Mountain and the Viper"

There’s a lot of hopping around in this episode, but with a couple of possible exceptions, it’s all good. In the far east, a eunuch and a topless handmaiden meet creepy, and a really old pardon causes serious problems for Jorah. At the Wall, we learn that Molestown is one classy place, and Sam feels extra bad about leaving Gilly there. In the North, there’s a touching family moment under a Flayed Man banner that gives us even more name confusion than usual for Westeros. Sansa becomes a real woman by committing perjury. Arya gets a belly laugh. Tyrion tells a very perplexing story involving beetles to Jaime. And finally, the most Inigo Montoyaesque trial-by-combat scene possible.

Jason Snell with Monty Ashley

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Game of Thrones S4E7 review: "Mockingbird"

This episode feels more like the regular episodes of past seasons — neither a full-blown “event” episode, nor a pure “table setting” episode. Instead, we get lots of great scenes with great sets of characters, including Arya and the Hound, Brienne and Podrick, and Tyrion and a succession of visitors. Plus, much more of Sansa and Littlefinger in Crazytown Aerie and a surprise appearance by Westeros’ finest pie maker! We’re not sure if there’s an actual mockingbird, though.

(Thanks to listeners for pointing out that the Mockingbird is Littlefinger’s personal crest.)

Jason Snell with Monty Ashley

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Game of Thrones S4E6 review: "The Laws of Gods and Men"

Courtroom drama comes to Westeros, as Daenerys issues decrees in Meereen and Tyrion’s regicide trial begins. There are some brief detours to Braavos for Bank Loan Drama and the Dreadfort for Failed Rescue Drama, but it’s Tyrion’s trial that dominates the episode. Monty Ashley and Brian Hamilton render their judgements. Maybe it should be “The Laws of Gods and Men and Monty and Brian.” (No, it probably shouldn’t)

Monty Ashley with Brian Hamilton

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Game of Thrones S4E5 review: "First of His Name"

Jon nearly meets up with Bran! Daenerys strongly considers coming to Westeros before deciding to stay in Meereen! Most of the other people never even come close to seeing each other, but it’s still more crossover than most episodes get. As Tommen becomes King of Westeros, Monty Ashley and Brian Hamilton review an episode that contains the least secretive co-conspirator ever.

Monty Ashley with Brian Hamilton

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Game of Thrones S4E4 review: "Oathkeeper"

This episode of “Game of Thrones” had it all: prisons, swords, white walkers, and people drinking from skulls. That’s all of the things, right? Monty Ashley and Brian Hamilton break down the fourth episode of season four as they check in on Daenerys’s shockingly efficient methods for capturing cities, Jaime Lannister’s shifting allegiances, and the aforementioned skull-drinking.

Monty Ashley with Brian Hamilton

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Game of Thrones S4E3 review: "Breaker of Chains"

After the shocking death scenes of last week, this week “Game of Thrones” settled down a bit. Monty Ashley and Jason Snell talk you through episode three, including Stannis Baratheon’s nifty table and the cold cunning of Tywin Lannister and Olenna Tyrell. Plus, how can you make incest even ickier? By doing it in a church next to the dead body of your child! Yeah, that’s the spirit, Lannisters!

Jason Snell with Monty Ashley

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Game of Thrones S4E2: "The Lion and the Rose"

Monty Ashley and Jason Snell talk about episode two of “Game of Thrones” season 4. Let’s be honest, there’s only one scene here that everyone will be talking about after viewing: The scene where Melisandre talks to Stannis’s daughter about religion.

Oh, also Joffrey gets married and other stuff happens. He’s a bit of a bridezilla.

Jason Snell with Monty Ashley

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Game of Thrones S4E1: "Two Swords"

Monty Ashley and Jason Snell talk about the “Game of Thrones” season 4 premiere. We count swords, praise Natalie Dormer, and generally try to remember exactly who is who and what they’re doing now that we’re back at the start of a new season. Also, we complain about the mixing of chicken-related metaphors.

And don’t miss Monty’s piece about “Game of Thrones” in The Guardian.

Jason Snell with Monty Ashley

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He Lives By a Stupid Code

Winter is coming! Any day now. No, really… Wait for it… Hmm. In the meantime, here’s our review of this year’s “Game of Thrones” season, recorded with all of us in the same room! Haven’t seen it? Skip ahead an hour and listen to us talk about other TV shows we watched during the 2012-2013 TV season, including the finale of “Fringe.”

Jason Snell with Dan Moren, John Siracusa and Serenity Caldwell

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Don't Take the Cinnamon Challenge

Unfurl your banners, steal some dragons, slap your insolent nephew, and get ready to listen to us discuss the second season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” in this special live session. Plus, John explains the Internet to Jason.

Jason Snell with Dan Moren, John Siracusa, Monty Ashley and Serenity Caldwell

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The Pig is Chekhov's Gun

We discuss “A Dance With Dragons,” the latest 1000-page installment in George R.R. Martin’s bestselling “Song of Ice and Fire” fantasy series. Is this series going to end well? Which parts of this book were good, and which just treaded water? Would adding Klingons have helped? Why are trees the Westeros equivalent of security cameras? These are the sorts of questions you ask deep in the middle of a long fantasy series.

Jason Snell with Dan Moren, Scott McNulty and Serenity Caldwell

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Can I Get Some Extra Dragons on That, Please?

From the Wall in the north (behind which lurk the fearsome White Walkers) to across the Narrow Sea (which is sort of dull), the first season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” has everything the George R. R. Martin book has, with perhaps more attractive naked people having sex in front of you. Also: Uncomfortable chairs.

Jason Snell with Dan Moren, John Siracusa, Scott McNulty, Serenity Caldwell and Monty Ashley

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The Wrath of James Caan

Based on the best-selling novel! Inspired by HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” in this episode we discuss the translation of books to the screen. Should movies be faithful to the book? Is it better if filmmmakers take liberties? And what books do we wish would be made into movies? If you don’t want to listen to this episode, just buy the novelization.

Jason Snell with Dan Moren, John Siracusa and Scott McNulty